On November 12-13, 2014 the 6th international summer school in Phnom Penh took place on the topic “Comprehensive Land Policy-Fundament for Sustainable Urban and Rural Development”. The Cambodian Land Minister H.E. Im Chhun Lim himself presented the final White Paper on Land Policy on this occasion. In comparison to the last year, there was a stronger involvement of the students of the Faculty of Land Management and Land Administration who had a professional dialogue with practitioners and experts from Cambodia and other countries, with expertise on land policy in the global and international context.
There were three major blocks for the summer school, of which the block on Land Policy in international/global context and the block on National Land Policies in Asia had been reflected in expert panel discussions, while the block on Cross-cutting Topics in Land Policy had leaded to further discussions in a smaller circle of experts and practitioners in parallel technical sessions.
The joint GIZ-COSERAM Program in close cooperation with one it it’s Partner, the Philippine National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Caraga Region in Mindanao contributed with an input on “Mainstreaming CONFLICT SENSITIVITY, GENDER AND DEVELOPMENT AND DISASTER RISK REDUCTION/ CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION in their Regional Physical Framework Planning Process”.
NEDA-Regional Director Ms. Mylah Faye Aurora B. Cariño and Ms. Graziella C. Harting (supervisor at NEDA) had highlighted NEDA’s efforts to revise the Regional Physical Framework Plan until 2040 with the innovative concept on the enhancement with gender responsiveness- and conflict sensitive issues.
After two days international summer school a full day practitioner’s workshop on various topics had been conducted. One of the technical sessions was dedicated on the topic “Experiences and Lessons Learned from Land Titling and Land Tenure Security in Indigenous People Communities”.
During this session/workshop, Wilfried Gebhardt, development worker, assigned to NEDA Caraga and integrated into the GIZ-COSERAM program had shared COSERAMs experiences on “Conflicting National Land Use Policies: It’s Impact on Resource Management and Traditional Lands of Indigenous Communities in the Philippines”.
Besides an overview on resource management regimes, land domains in the Philippines and exploring interfaces between ancestral domains/land use planning, he presented GIZ COSERAM’s stand/position regarding IP engagement in the planning framework for Philippine local government unit’s at all administrative levels.
This event was organized by the Cambodian Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (MLMUPC) and the Management Center of Land, Water and Environmental Risk Management at the Technical University Munich (TUM) with the support of GIZ-Cambodia, financed by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
by Wilfried Gebhardt, Technical Advisor to NEDA Caraga